Hostas forum: Free hosta seeds - Canada only!

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
Mar 27, 2016 11:34 AM CST
FREE Hosta seeds available!
Canada only, please and first come, first served.

I have finally had a chance to go through all my seeds and I've got lots available. All of my hosta are open pollinated, meaning I know the pod parent but not the pollen parent.

They are all labelled with the name of the pod parent. Hosta seeds do not come true to the parent and may be plain ordinary green plants regardless of parentage, but they are likely to show some characteristics of the parent in regard to colour, size, petiole colour, or leaf shape. Have fun growing them.

The seeds I have available and approximate number of packages are listed below. If you are interested in any of them, please PRIVATE MESSAGE me with what you would like. I’ll send you my address and I will expect to receive a SASE from you (preferably #10 envelope).

See below for updated list.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Apr 3, 2016 6:38 AM CST
Updating with the list of what I still have available.

‘Allan P. McConnell' (4)
‘Bell Ringer' (4)
‘Blue Shadows' 2014 (1)
‘Bulletproof' (1)
‘Dee's Golden Jewel' (3)
‘Emerald Ruff Cut' (6)
‘Fortunei Aureomarginata' (4)
‘Frosted Dimples' (5)
‘Gemini Moon' (3)
‘Heavenly Tiara' (2)
‘Ice Age Trail' 2014 (3)
‘Kinbotan' (4)
‘Jewel of the Nile' (6)
‘Lakeside Cranberry Relish' (2) (possibility or red petioles)
‘Little Red Rooster' (1)
‘Paul's Glory' (3)
‘Rainforest Sunrise' 2015 (4)
‘Rainforest Sunrise' 2014 (1)
‘Restless Sea' (1)
‘Salute' (1) (Have had a few nice seedlings from this)
‘September Sun' (5) (Have some interesting seedlings)
‘Spilt Milk' (4) (I have one variegated seedling from this)
‘Summer Breeze' (7)
‘Tiny Tears' (3)
‘Touch of Class' (4) (I have some interesting seedlings from TOC.)
‘X-rated' (1)
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

seaspray
Dec 16, 2016 3:16 PM CST
Hi Viola,

I would be interested in your seeds. I just bought a new home and everything has been so neglected, love hostas - they would be such a beautiful addition to my garden. Anything you still have?
Thank you

Price402
Feb 3, 2018 2:54 PM CST
ViolaAnn

hi there i maybe a little late but i seen your post here and i've been trying to find hosta seeds all over but the only place i see is amazon but they sell them but they won't let the seeds into canada so i'm asking if you get this and have any more hosta seed i would love to have some i have a fish pond and want to have some of them around the pond so if you do get this my e-mail is [email protected] i would love to hear back from you
thanks
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Feb 4, 2018 11:07 AM CST
Hi,

Where are you located? I'm not sure what I'll have this year as I didn't save as much seed, but looking at it was on my ToDo list this afternoon.

If you are new here, are you fully aware that hosta seeds do not come true to the parent plant? The vast majority will be plain Jane greenies and hostas started from seed will take 4-5 years to mature as well. I don't want to discourage you as you can get some nice surprises, but you should be prepared to cull mercilessly. If you are still interested, I'll let you know what I might have extra this year.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

Price402
Feb 4, 2018 1:09 PM CST
I'm Totaly aware that there not true to the parent plant you get Suprize's, i live just outside of Saskatoon Sask.not sure where your located but never the less i would still be interested if you have any to spare, I went out and picked up one of those tarp green house so i'm looking at all kinds of plants that might look good and around my yard and pond. Thank you so much for responding
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Feb 4, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Good for the prod to get me to go through my seeds and start what I want to start this year.

This is what I have to share. All envelopes have at least 10 seeds and most have more. No guarantees of viability, though most looked like good seeds.

'Bell Ringer' - 3 I had some nice seedlings from this plant a couple of years ago.
'Charlotte's Web' - 2 - potential for streakers though much of my plant has stabilized
'Deja Blu' - 1 - I have one lovely blue seedling from this plant.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/b34fea (2010 seedling from 'Deja Blu'. Photo taken July 19, 2017).

'Gemini Moon - 2
'Ice Age Trail' - 2 - potential for streakers. I divided out the solid blue part of my plant last year; so all seeds came from streaked parts.
'Lakeside Zinger' - 2 - I have a weedling which is almost certainly from this parent. It's a very small plant with tough leaves and one section of it has a white streak.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/f6a55a - That weedling, July 19

'Purple Heart' - 2 - I have a couple of small seedlings from this plant, one of which shows good potential.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/2f31b7 (2016 seedling from 'Purple Heart'. Photo Aug. 5, 2017).
'Salute' 1 - another which has given me some nice blue or blue-green, upright seedlings.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/10bd22 (2012 seedling from 'Salute'. Photo mid-August 2017).

'Spilt Milk' - 4 - I have two interesting seedlings from 'Spilt Milk'. One is variegated and the other is very misty.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/100f29 (2013 seedling from 'Spilt MIlk'. I divided it early in the season to share this season with family. Photo mid-July 2017).
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/a81872 (2016 misty seedling from 'Spilt Milk'. Photo mid-August 2017).
'Sun Power' - 1
Lakeside Cranberry Relish - 3 - I've had seedlings from this one but have not kept them.
Seedling of 'Curly Fries' - 1 - Second generation as these are from a 2016 seedling that decided to bloom last summer. Here's the mom.
Thumb of 2018-02-04/ViolaAnn/1c9a58

Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Feb 4, 2018 3:32 PM CST
BTW, I start them folded into moist coffee filters enclosed in zip-lok bags. To start 10 or so at a time, it can be a very little bag. I use coffee filters because they seem a bit less porous than paper towels and the little roots are less likely to get entangled in them.

I put them up on top of my fridge for a couple of weeks. Then I look at them and carefully transfer (using tweezers) those that have germinated into soil in small containers - cut-off styrofoam cups work well as would individual yogurt cups with holes punched in the bottom. I've had better success with germination that way than in soil because they stay evenly moist in the zip-lok bags. At that point they go under lights. You can put 4-5 little seedlings in one cup of soil and pot them up later in spring. I get them outside as soon as it's warm enough, but not into light that's too bright at first.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

Price402
Feb 4, 2018 10:06 PM CST
This is going to make me sound greedy but i love them all and well how about i just give you my address and you can send me what ever you have or would like,but i'm not sure do i just post my address here or how about my e mail address you send me a hi and i'll send my address or how do i do all this
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Mar 22, 2018 11:35 AM CST
All hosta seeds for 2018 are gone. I may collect a few more during the coming season, but likely not as many.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

edcave47
May 20, 2018 2:21 PM CST
Hello ViolaAnn
I have just seen your generous offer of free hosts seeds
I have moved to a new house without many plant and I am getting started with some beds. Any help with hosta seeds would be appreciated.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Image
ViolaAnn
May 20, 2018 7:17 PM CST
Hi,

I don't have any left from 2017. Might have some after the 2018 season. Good luck with your new gardens.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

lerickso
Aug 17, 2018 7:37 PM CST
Hi ViolaAnn
please put me on the list for Hosta seed if you have any to spare. What a wonderful, generous offer. thanks
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Aug 19, 2018 7:36 PM CST
Where are you located? I'm not sure what I'll have this year. It was a weird spring and some of the hostas are stunted and some didn't have as many blooms as usual.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

lerickso
Aug 27, 2018 8:45 PM CST
I am in saskatchewan. Yes a wierd season here too!

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